August 18, 2013

Fashion Scoop: ZARA Co-Founder Dies

ROSALIA MERA, the co-founder of Inditex and Zara, has died aged 69. It's believed that the businesswoman suffered a stroke while on holiday in Menorca and was subsequently flown back to her home on the Spanish mainland, where she died on Thursday evening. Mera, Spain's richest woman, was previously married to Amancio Ortega - named the world's third-richest person in Forbes magazine's 2013 Billionaires List, worth an estimated £37.5 billion. The couple launched clothes manufacturing company Inditex in the Sixties and opened the first Zara store in 1975, in their hometown of A Caruna, Spain.
"The Inditex Group is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rosalia Mera," said the company in a statement, reports WWD. "The Group wishes to send its sincere condolences to her loved ones and friends at this extremely difficult time, after the loss of a person who contributed so much to the origins and development of the company." (Ifashioneveryday)

NIKE has pulled a pair of leggings after the design was criticised for being racist. The monochrome print, which features on the label's Pro Tattoo Tech Tights, has caused controversy in Australia and New Zealand for its similarity to the traditional Samoan Pe'a male tattoo. "Before you launch into something like this, there's generally a consultation with those whose pattern have ownership," New Zealand parliament member Su'a William Sio told ONE News. "I don't think Nike has taken the time to do that."
The garment sparked an online petition which described the leggings as a "direct violation of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, and is furthermore in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". The petition was signed by 750 people, and Nike quickly withdrew the item and released the following statement: "The Nike Tattoo Tech collection was inspired by tattoo graphics. We apologise to anyone who views this design as insensitive to any specific culture. No offence was intended." (VOGUE UK)

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